When to change {udkapi, offapi}/type_reference/{udkapi, offapi}.idl

Thomas Arnhold thomas at arnhold.org
Thu Oct 10 11:09:10 CEST 2013

Hi Stephan,

thanks for clearing that up!


On 10.10.2013 09:41, Stephan Bergmann wrote:
> Hi all,
> The *.idl (formerly *.rdb) files in {udkapi,offapi}/type_reference/ are
> meant to represent the status of our (published) UNO API as previously
> released, to allow detecting inadvertent incompatible changes.
> Therefore, these files should generally be left unchanged.  The only
> time to change them is when a deliberate incompatible change (with a
> commit message containing "[API CHANGE]") would otherwise break the
> compatibility checks when building udkapi or offapi.  (And in the past,
> when those type_references were binary *.rdb files, that was a somewhat
> tricky task.  Now that they are textual *.idl files it has become (too?)
> trivial.)
> (So, if there are any git-hook aficionados out there, maybe there's a
> way to prevent commits that change
> {udkapi,offapi}/type_reference/{udkapi,offapi}.idl but do not contain
> "[API CHANGE]" in the commit message.)
> (I just pushed
> <http://cgit.freedesktop.org/libreoffice/core/commit/?id=bf1284d34e3bf53179a1513265accc0c3f54337c>
> "Keep type_reference/offapi.idl at backwards-compatibility reference
> status" to revert one such inadvertent change.)
> Thanks,
> Stephan

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